Graduate Admissions Process
Students seeking admission to Clark Atlanta University must submit an
application for admission to the University. Completing the application form
online will activate your admissions file. Your file will not be considered
complete or submitted to the Graduate department until the Office of Graduate
Admissions receive the following:
- Completed and signed application.
- Cashier’s check or money order (made payable to Clark Atlanta University)
in the amount of $40. The application fee for an international applicant is
$55 U.S. dollars. The application fee will not be waived and is
- An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution
you have attended. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate
Admissions from the institution’s Office of the Registrar. A transcript which
has been “issued to the student” will not be accepted.
- An official GRE Report of Scores or GMAT Report (if applicable) from the
Educational Testing Service Test requirements will not be deferred or
waived. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable.
- Three recommendation letters: two from former instructors and one from an
employer or supervisor. If the applicant has not attended school for two years
then all three recommendations may come from an employer or supervisor. The
letters of recommendation can be submitted by email to GraduateAdmissions@cau.edu
- Resume, which can be submitted by email to GraduateAdmissions@cau.edu.
- A Dean of Students Certification form from the last institution you have
attended (this form is only required if you attended an institution within the
last two years). The Dean of Students or the administrative officer in charge
of disciplinary records must complete this form and mail it directly to the
Office of Graduate Admissions.
School of Arts and Sciences and School of Education Only:
- A letter of intent which discusses career goals, reasons for applying to
Clark Atlanta University, and qualifications for admission. Contact the
program office of your intended area of study for additional details. The
letter of intent can be submitted by email to GraduateAdmissions@cau.edu.
School of Business Only:
- Three Essays detailing (1) Career Objectives, (2) Reasons for Selecting
Clark Atlanta University and (3) Personal Strengths and Areas Where
Improvement is Desired. Essays should be a minimum of 500 words each and
double-spaced. Contact the program for additional details. The three essays
can be submitted by email to GraduateAdmissions@cau.edu.
School of Social Work Only:
- Autobiographical statement which discusses personal data and family
profile, education, career choice and concentration focus area. The statement
should be between 3 to 5 pages. Contact the program for additional details.The
autobiography can be submitted by email to GraduateAdmissions@cau.edu.
Use only your correct legal name at the time of application to the University
(no nicknames please). If your name or address changes prior to the time of
registration, please notify the Office of Admissions in writing.
Reactivation of an Application
Applications and supporting documents are maintained for one year after the
semester the applicant applied to begin the graduate program. Therefore, if an
applicant has applied to Clark Atlanta University within the past year, his or
her application can be reactivated by submitting a letter requesting
reactivation of the admission file. The application fee is not required if the
fee was submitted with the previous application.
Changing Degree Programs
If a currently enrolled graduate student desires to change from one degree
program to another, he or she must submit a new application and three letters of
recommendation. Additional test results are necessary only if the desired
program has a different test requirement from the current program. The
application fee is not required.
A Clark Atlanta University student who has not been enrolled for one semester
(not including the summer) is required to apply for readmission. Applications
must be submitted at least thirty (30) days before the first day of registration
of the term for which readmission is sought. A former student who has attended
another college or university during his or her absence from Clark Atlanta
University must have an official transcript from each institution’s Office of
the Registrar mailed to Clark Atlanta University, Office of Graduate
Students who are enrolled at another university or college and wish to
complete no more than twelve hours at Clark Atlanta University must submit an
application, the application fee and a “Letter of Good Standing.” Letters must
list the desired course(s) and state that approval has been granted by a dean or
an academic advisor. The document must also contain the dean or an academic
Applicants who wish to obtain information on scholarships, grants,
assistantship programs, etc., should contact the applicable school or
department. Applicants who wish to apply for other types of financial aid should
request a financial aid packet by writing to or calling:
Office of Financial Aid
Clark Atlanta University
223 James P. Brawley
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 880-8000 or (404) 880-8992
Transcripts and diplomas must display an original signature of a school
official and/or the school’s seal. Documents written in a foreign language must
be translated and signed by an accredited credential educational service. The
originals of these documents must be submitted along with the translated copies.
Transcripts and diplomas must be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if English is
not the applicant’s native language. International applicants must attain a
minimum score of 500 on the paper based exam and 173 on the computer exam. A
waiver of the TOEFL requirement will be granted if the applicant has earned a
degree from an institution whose programs are taught in English.
Note: The Form I-20 will only be issued to international applicants who have
been accepted to a degree program and have submitted the required tuition
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